Politics and Culture in Victorian Britain: Essays in Memory of Colin Matthew

Hardcover | March 15, 2006

EditorPeter Ghosh, Lawrence Goldman

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In the last twenty years one of the classical arenas for British historical writing - the politics of Victorian Britain - has ceased to be an obvious or self-evidently important subject. Facing up to this challenge, the historians who have contributed to this volume explore central aspects ofthat history. They continue to uphold the centrality of politics to Victorian Britain, but suggest that politics must be viewed more broadly, as a concern pervading almost all spheres of life, just as Victorians themselves would have done. In this way politics penetrates into Victorian culture.'Politics' can lead us into the ideas governing political action itself; political ideas; international relations; the eduction of men and women; the writing of history and of literature; engagement with past political theorists; and the ideas behind professionalization. Such are some of the themestaken up here. The specific occasion for these essays was as a tribute to the memory of the late Colin Matthew, one of the most eminent recent historians of Victorian Britain, who was himself determined to uphold the contemporary relevance of Victorian political tradition, and to explore the interface between'politics' and 'culture'. Reflection on his intellectual achievement is a second distinctive component of this book.

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In the last twenty years one of the classical arenas for British historical writing - the politics of Victorian Britain - has ceased to be an obvious or self-evidently important subject. Facing up to this challenge, the historians who have contributed to this volume explore central aspects ofthat history. They continue to uphold the ...

Peter Ghosh is at Fellow and Tutor in Modern History, St Anne's College, Oxford. Lawrence Goldman is at Editor, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and Fellow and Tutor in Modern History, St Peter's College, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.86 inPublished:March 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Peter Ghosh and Lawrence Goldman: A Brief Word on 'Politics' and 'Culture'2. Boyd Hilton: Colin Matthew 1941-19993. Ross McKibbin: Colin Matthew: A Memoir4. Peter Ghosh and Lawrence Goldman: Colin Matthew: A Bibliography5. Peter Ghosh: Gladstone and Peel6. Martin Ceadel: Gladstone and a Liberal Theory of International Relations7. John Davis: The Enfranchisement of the Urban Poor in Victorian Britain8. Lawrence Goldman: The Defection of the Middle Class: The Endowed Schools Act, the Liberal Party, and the 1874 Election9. Michael Freeden: Liberal Passions: Reason and Emotion in Late and Post-Victorian Liberal Thought10. Janet Howarth: The Church of England and Women's Higher Education c.1840-191411. Jane Garnett: Protestant Histories: James Anthony Froude, Partisanship, and National Identity12. Philip Waller: Roman Candles: Literary Converts in Late Victorian and Edwardian Britain13. Margaret Pelling: Scenes from Professional Life: Medicine, Moral Conduct and Inter-connectedness in Middlemarch14. Jose Harris: Victorian Interpretations of Thomas HobbesIndex